The French Passé Composé: Sometimes Looking Back Is a Good Thing!


“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.” —George Santayana

I’m definitely a history buff.

Sure, you should “live in the present.”

But at the same time, you can’t escape the past. Whether it’s your nation’s history, …

What Languages Are Spoken in Belgium? 3 Official Tongues and Lots of Linguistic Diversity

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The mountainous cathedrals and low, gray skies of Jacques Brel’s beloved plat pays (flat country).

The lure of artisan pralines belges (Belgian chocolates).

The artistic treasures of René Magritte, Peter Paul Rubens and Ambrosius Bosschaert.

Those tantalizing, twice-fried frites (fried …

100+ Words for Animals in French with Fun Cultural Tidbits

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Cats, cows, chipmunks and crabs.

Sheep, squirrels, snakes and spiders. 

As far as we know, there are 8.7 million animal species that live alongside us!

So, whether you’re a pet owner, an omnivore or just someone who lives on the …

I Choose You! Master French Subject Pronouns to Level Up Your French Skills


In Japanese, saying “you” is considered rude, and there are at least seven different ways to say “I.”

Lucky for you, this is the French language blog, where pronouns like “you” and “I” are much simpler to learn and use.

Vegetables in French: Eat Your Veggies and Practice Your Vocab

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Were you one of those kids who fought with your parents about eating you vegetables?

Some nights, you waged war over the Battle of the Brussels Sprouts.

Asparagus was met with asperity.

And the dinner table knew no peace when …

8 Ways to Say You’re Welcome in French: From Polite to Casual and Beyond


Sure thing.

No problem.

Don’t worry about it.

You’re welcome.

It’s often the simplest words that best illustrate the nuances of language.

Just consider English: There are, in fact, many ways to greet someone (hello, hi, good morning), bid farewell

What’s the Word? How to Say What in French


As children, most of us remember learning the Five Ws—who, what, when, where and why.

Easy, right?

Well, easy is debatable, especially when it comes to “what” in French.

Despite the fact that it’s one of …